Facial Paralysis, Bell's Palsy information
The Facial Paralysis Institute is the premier center for facial nerve disorders including facial paralysis, Bell's palsy, hemifacial spasm, acoustic neuroma and parotid tumors. The Institue is comprised of world-renowned experts from various specialties that are singularly focused on facial nerve disorders - including facial plastic surgeons, neuro-otologists, physical therapists, head and neck surgeons, radiologists, neurosurgeons and psychologists.
Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, the Director of The Facial Paralysis Institute, is a Reconstructive Surgeon who is deeply committed to the facial paralysis treatment for individuals with facial paralysis and Bells palsy.
Facial paralysis and Bell's Palsy are devastating disorders that can significantly impact an individuals quality of life and appearance. Bell’s palsy is a type of facial paralysis that occurs following damage or trauma to the facial nerve on each side of the face. It is the most common cause of facial paralysis that results from inflammation or swelling of the facial nerve. It is not caused by stroke and it can occur on one or rarely, on both sides of the face.
The facial nerve is responsible for sending signals to the muscles of the face that control blinking, frowning and smiling. Additionally, this nerve carries signals that regulate the production of tears, saliva and the sensation of taste. Facial paralysis caused by Bell’s palsy is usually temporary.
Treatment of Bell's Palsy
In some cases there is no facial paralysis treatment needed as it resolves spontaneously in a few weeks. If the source of the inflammation of the facial nerve is known as in cases of infection, an antibiotic may be prescribed. In others a steroid such as prednisone is used to decrease swelling and inflammation. Since Bell’s palsy can affect the tearing reflex of the eye, care must be taken to protect the eye from damage. Physical therapy may help to stimulate the facial nerve and help to maintain facial muscle tone.
Facial paralysis is a complex condition. This is the reason that we believe a multi-specialty approach is required to address your needs with physicians and therapists who have extensive experience in facial nerve disorders. The Institute has some of the highest success rates in the nation for the treatment of Bells Palsy and facial paralysis.Highly respected by peers and patients alike, The Facial Paralysis Institute is the premier facility in the nation for facial paralysis treatment and facial nerve surgery. Feel free to ask a question or call anytime, we will be glad to help.Read the latest report on "Facial Nerve Palsy" by Babak Azizzadeh and Ribhi Hazina of the Facial Paralysis Institute, and M. Tariq Bhattic.Curious about what you will look like after your procedure? Check out the new 3D modelling system in Dr. Azizzadeh's office. This sytem is making new roads in facial reconstruction/paralysis procedures. Click here to view more on the 3D modelling system for facial paralysis and Bell's Palsy.
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